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The Mad Wolf's Daughter

(Mad Wolf's Daughter #1)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  1,008 ratings  ·  273 reviews
A Scottish medieval adventure about the youngest in a war-band who must free her family from a castle prison after knights attack her home.

One dark night, Drest’s sheltered life on a remote Scottish headland is shattered when invading knights capture her family, but leave Drest behind. Her father, the Mad Wolf of the North, and her beloved brothers are a fearsome war-band,
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by Kathy Dawson Books
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Sometimes you just want to read a book that knows how to run.

There are many way to define the term “great writing” as it applies to children’s literature. Eloquent. Ennobling. Distinguished. These terms all work. Here’s another one. Booooooooring! Tell me you didn’t read at least one book as a child deemed a “great work of literature” only to find yourself snoring by page four. We’ve all been there. I do believe that there is a mistaken understanding out there that the slower a novel moves, whet
Cristina Monica
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: middle-grade
I don’t find anything about this story original.

It’s the sort of over-published book you find in your packed boxes two years after moving into your new home. You take it out of the box, as you finally decided to unpack some of the old stuff (yay you!), and you can’t help but ask yourself, ‘‘Ugh, why did I buy this in the first place? It seemed like such a good idea at the time but it’s so not worth the money it cost.’’

It begins in a confusing way: there are enemies invading Drest’s father’s terr
Sarah Glenn Marsh
If you're looking for action, adventure, and lots of heart in a story helmed by a strong young warrior, this is an absolute must-read!!!

THIS is the book I longed for when I was younger, and was still longing for until an early copy landed in my hands. And it not only lived up to my long-held hopes; it smashed and surpassed them, delivering an unforgettable story of family, friendship, and bravery.

I loved every page!
Diane Magras
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)

Thanks so much to my readers this year for your enthusiasm. I'm grateful for the many kids and teachers and librarians especially who read this, my debut book. It was a year full of wonderful surprises, including this one:

I never expected to see my book in The New York Times, reviewed by the amazing Soman Chainani.

NYT Review

I also never expected to see my wee lass in Edinburgh, my favorite city (by the way, I was in Scotland in 2015 when I first heard that Kathy Dawson Books at Penguin Young Readers
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you're looking for a strong MG female heroine, Drest, from The Mad Wolf's Daughter, is it! I loved this fast-paced Scottish Medieval adventure of sword and legend. Can't recommend it enough!!!
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Sometimes words alone can save your life.”
I received an ARC from Penguin Young Readers Group for a fair review and a blog tour.

The Story
What an exciting story about 12 year old Drest as she journeys to save her family after she is the sole survivor of a raid that has taken them captive. I think my favorite part about this book was that when she was processing a situation it wasn’t told in a way that she was thinking it out…even though she was. In multiple scenarios Drest imagined her variou
This debut historical fiction middle grade novel is a fast-paced, page turning adventure! Drest's strong 'voice' was refreshing & the plot line intricially woven with lots of twists and turns! ...more
Amanda Rawson Hill
This book will suck you in. Drest is a kick butt female heroine who also wields the weapon of mercy even when it's hard. I loved it.
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC of this book, and was so happy because I've been looking forward to it ever since I first saw that cover. Here is my honest review:

What a page turner! An epic adventure through a vivid world, I enjoyed every minute of this book. Drest is a fantastic character, strong and fierce and full of determination, yet still vulnerable, still a girl left fully on her own for the first time. I loved watching her grow, from frightened and uncertain, trying to imagine what her family would d
There are so many things I loved about this medieval middle grade novel; the historical Scottish setting, the fast paced action, the strong main character, Drest.

The attention to historical detail was quite fascinating to read and I learned a lot I didn't know about this particular time period, especially with the author's note at the end. Drest is a fiery lass and her dedication to her family and relationship with her brothers is what endeared me to her. This is a perfect book for middle grade
Juliana Brandt
I cannot say enough about The Mad Wolf's Daughter. I read this in one sitting, and much later, I'm still vibrating with the excitement and perfection that is this book. I wish...ack, I wish I'd had this book as a kid! This is Alanna, but in a world and family where Alanna hadn't needed to disguise herself as a boy. Where Alanna could, unquestioningly, be herself from start to finish. And be taken *seriously* as a force from start to finish.

This is what angers me: that often in fiction, we must d
Laura Gardner
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5/5 for Mad Wolf's Daughter by @dianemagras; thanks to @PenguinKids for sending me this book to share with the @kidlitexchange network (#partner). All opinions are my own.
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Wow! I completely inhaled this historical fiction tale set in medieval Scotland. Magras is a master at character development; I was strongly attached to Drest, Emerick, the enemy knight she takes captive and eventually befriends, and Tig, the young lad who helps them on their quest. When I
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There is just something about middle grade novels that makes me feel so happy and safe and I just can't get enough of them. The Mad Wolf's Daughter is no exception. I read the entirety of the novel in less than a day, so engrossed in the story that I just had to finish it then and there. It was a fun read, but that doesn't stop the story from being meaningful. It gave me nostalgia for Ranger's Apprentice, and makes me want to read more MG at the
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the rare books that lives up to the hype. It would have been a five-star book if the ending had been more of an ending and not felt like it was just a convenient stopping place. Drest, though, is an amazing character and her companions, Tig and Emerick, are worthy co-adventurers. The three face danger, betrayal and menace on their journey, but they also experience people at their best and most helpful. I'm always a fan of a girl-with-sword novel and this is a strong entry in that ...more
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*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

This turned out to be quite a charming and enjoyable read. The general concept of the novel is very traditional, but it is spiced up by many unique elements and plot twists that Magras employs throughout. I had such a fun time following the journey of this brave young warrior and her friends. The story mixes danger, mystery, and intrigue with warmth, love, and friendship
Laura Mossa
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very special thanks to Diane Magras for providing our #bookexcursion group with an ARC of The Mad Wolf's Daughter. It publishes on March 6, 2018. All opinions are my own.

Wee lass Drest and her family are attacked by knights from Faintree Castle.  Drest desperately wants to join her father, Mad Wolf of the North and her five brothers in this battle, but Mad Wolf orders her to hide. She witnesses her family bound, captured, and sailing away from her.  Her only hope of finding her family is a you
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Drest is an absolutely marvelous character who will stick with readers for a long time. An adventure story with family as a central theme, this book has a classic feel. Highly recommended!
Amy Graham
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A strong female protagonist in a medieval Scottish setting, what's not to love? Really can't wait to recommend this to my students.
This was great, good fun. The execution may have been a bit rocky, and I'd like to have felt more attachments, within the relationships. It is unclear that there might be more.
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing

The Mad Wolf's Daughter reminds me a bit of Disney's Brave, maybe it's that they both take place in medieval Scotland, or that the main characters have a tomboyish quality that I would've identified with back in middle school. And I know I would've loved Drest's short hair and that she is a member of her families Warband rather than a princess like Merida. She's also so wonderfully smart, resourceful and very determined. There's a feistiness to her that I appreciate. Family is really important t
A.M. Morgen
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Medieval historical fiction for kids is a very small genre, but is inhabited by some of the giants of kidlit like Avi and Karen Cushman. The Mad Wolf's Daughter is a worthy addition to this group, especially because of how it resists traditional gender norms while not sugarcoating the violence and danger of the time period.

Drest is the only daughter of the Mad Wolf, the fearsome leader of a family of fighters. When the Mad Wolf and his sons are captured, Drest is able to escape. The rest of the
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I don’t have the words to review this book the way it deserves to be reviewed. I can tell you it’s one of my top favorites of the year. I can tell you Drest is a character I’ve needed to know, and #MGlit has needed as well. I can tell you I’ve never enjoyed a book set in a medieval time period, of any genre, until now. And I can tell you that this is a rare gem of a book that young readers interested in historical, adventurous stories will LOVE. I’m sad to see it end (I’ve been lingering ov ...more
Kim Chance
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this book! Drest is such a fierce heroine and I loved all the action and adventure! I'm a huge fan of medieval Scottish literature, and this book was verra pleasing!! I highly recommend!
Barb Middleton
This Scottish medieval setting with castles, knights, and bandits is a bullseye for my tastes. A slow-paced story, even if it is good, can be like walking in deep sand for me. My natural pace is to clip along like a sail boat over white-capped water. Fantasy is my go-to, not realistic fiction. A strong female character who is impulsive, determined, and athletic as Drest is in this story grabs my attention. There are some fantastical parts, but most of "The Mad Wolf's Daughter" stays grounded as ...more
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mg, read-in-2019
Young Drest hears a sound one night, but her father and brothers don’t believe her. When their camp is invaded, war breaks out, and Drest is forced into hiding to stay safe. Unfortunately, the Mad Wolf and his band of sons are taken as prisoners, leaving Drest to fend for herself. Still hidden, she witnesses a scene between two men and she can’t believe it when one of them double crosses the other and tries to kill him. The wounded man is left behind and Drest takes him as her captive. He is a k ...more
Drest is awesome - strong, smart, fierce and determined. She hops right into action and does not flinch from doing what is right even if it is terrifying and difficult. She is tough, doesn't give up, and is supported by all of her brother's voices in her head throughout her journey. The pacing is frantic, full of peril, the adventure doesn't stop. It is refreshing to see such a strong heroine fighting tooth-and-nail for who she loves. She makes mistakes, but she always tries to do what she belie ...more
Sabrina Kaye Fox
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Drest has never been off of her homeland, but one night when she wakes to see that her and her family are being invaded, she has no choice but to leave in order to save her father and her brother's who've been taken back to Faintree Castle to be hanged.
Accompanied by a left-behind knight, a boy named Tig and his pet raven, and her brother's voices in her head when she needs advice the most, they make their way towards the castle braving bandits and other great dangers along the way.

The medieval
THE MAD WOLF’S DAUGHTER is a historical tale of bravery and family love, with trust issues mixed in too.

Drest approaches situations in ways that feel realistic for her age, and yet she is very skilled with a sword and clever with her plans, after being raised within a war-band made up of her father and brothers. On the journey to rescue her family, Drest must consider her father’s stories against other versions of the stories she’s hearing from new characters. Is he a ruthless beast or just an
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a heck of a read! As a children's librarian, I try to read as many tween novels as I can. Generally I read the first half to get a good feel for it and then go on to the next. Not with this one. Solid from beginning to end with a great tale, lots of action (boys will dig that) and also very interesting characters and back stories (hi girls!).
It's a rare treat to read a tween novel that I feel will appeal to a wide range of readers but this one fits the bill nicely. Also appears to be t
This book is INTENSE and SO GOOD! The adventures are fast paced and non stop, the characters are excellently crafted and engaging, the story is well thought out, the character growth is so well done that you are learning and growing alongside them as you read! I can’t wait for the next book! Highly recommend!
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Diane Magras is award-winning author of the NYT Editors' Choice The Mad Wolf's Daughter , as well as its sequel, The Hunt for the Mad Wolf's Daughter .

All things medieval fascinate Diane: castles, abbeys, swords, manuscripts, and the daily life of medieval people, especially those who weren’t royalty. Diane lives in Maine with her husband and son and thinks often of Scotland, where her books

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